Actually summoner is a man who is linked with church court, in Chaucer’s time which is called medieval age church had a powerful institution that made law and regulations. In church court the summoner calls out the sinner and offenders, this is his duty but duty is only veil on him but real thing is for him the bribery that he takes by sinner in favour in their cases .The summoner is a ecclesiastical character in Canterbury Tales the religion can be seen by this character, we are not spurring having seen the corrupt conduct of the summoner, the summoner makes bribery from criminals and sinners and gives favour to them, but in this era people had faith on religion and attended the church regularly having known the church officials were corrupt and had worldly mind. However, the same church was court on that time .The summoner character in Canterbury Tales is treated with satirical way, by this character Chaucer unveils the the corrupt mask of the religion, his character is no more than a satire on religion. In fact he is cheater and exploits to the poor people in church as well as outside the church. In Chaucer’s time the church was a powerful institution as well as medium of speech. And the same summoner is related with church court. The summoner character is actually symbol of downfall of religion life, in Canterbury Tales he is not what should be him, he is totally opposite the life of court church, he loves secular life instead to church and court life .The manner in which Chaucer has described it is very worth praising. This character shows the “Decline of the Church” as well as the religion ,there is only texture and gimmick in religion, act has been vanished from the lives of the people ,there is nothing called to be the outstanding in religion.
The summoner character
He is a miser because when Chaucer tell us that he eats cake in alone, his cake is described by Chaucer in this manner a read laughs hearing this ; he bears a round cake as a shield he exploits the people and offenders and takes bribe and takes guarantee that hey mighty be saved by punishment if they would bribe. Actually here Chaucer informs to us and makes representative his age telling that a minor official has enough corruption in his professional what will be condition in high official that time.
The summoner had learnt a few Latin term that he also got from the court where he did his job and he used in his conversation so that his conversation mighty be colorful however he did not know real meanings that terms and their sense of circumstances at all. In his conversation he usually used the term ” My question is “OR WHAT LAW APPLIES HERE‘
He is sensual by nature and loves to sex and win by his mouth description Chaucer tells us that he is lusty by nature his loud mouth shows sensual pleasure at all. His face is very much ugly and full of pimples the pimples are in red and whites color and Chaucer says that in this world no chemical is made that could cure his pimples by face, his face is as fearful as children are awful by his face and his eyes are very narrow and his eyebrows are affected by some disease . His beard has no hair means that hair are just by the the name only .
He is fond of strong wine , for the sake of wine he can leave any offender .